I Am Being Googled?

I was on the Google keyword tool trying out some keywords for a niche blog and I happened to type my name in the search box. To my surprise, I realised that I was being searched on Google. I was amazed and confused at the same time. There are at least 210 to 390 searches. Why would anyone Google my name? Why would anyone look for Shalu Sharma on Google? There are several reasons why anyone would try to look for me. One thing is that Shalu is a very common name in India. It is derived from the name “Shalini”, almost everyone called Shalini is automatically renamed into Shalu.  It’s something like Michael to Mike. The title “Sharma” is a very popular surname in India. So perhaps it’s not me at all.

The question is, how do I find out who’s searching for me? How do you find out if you have been Googled? There are no straightforward ways to do this. There are couple of things coming to mind.

You can set a Google Adwords account and set a campaign with your name in it; if you get impressions, this means you are being Googled.

You can join online address books. You can set an alert service or check the number of views or clicks on your address page.

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You can set up Google alerts. Google Alerts is a content detection and notification service. Enter your keyword, notification frequency and your email address. You will receive email alerts if there is anything new on Google or you get mentioned somewhere on blogs, websites, discussion groups, videos etc. Unfortunately it’s not the best way as you will get notifications even if you leave comments.

Are you too being searched on the internet? Are you one of those people who are paranoid about being Googled? Do you want to be searched on the internet? Do you know any other ways to find out if you are being searched on the net?

Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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15 Responses to “I Am Being Googled?”

  1. That’s awesome Shalu. It must be because your name is sweet one and there must be people looking for person behind that name. I guess I need buy one domain with that name and put some Ads on it ;-) (kidding!)

    Now, when you know the fact that your name is a keyword being searched, you should try to make Google display you or related to you when anybody makes search.
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    • Shalu says:

      Thanks for the complement Suresh. Seems as if my name has indeed become a keyword. I wonder why? I will surely try to look into this in more details. I will definitely try the authorship, seems like a good idea. Thanks.
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  2. Michael Belk says:

    Sjhalu, I looked into mine but my name is not so easy, because my name is Michael Belk. My philosophy is Michael is very common and Belk is the name a local department store. I also know of a photographer that has registered my exact name. I always knew i was not the only person with my name. Great post.
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  3. John Ernest says:

    That is a great tip. I believe it will be really useful to keep tabs on your blog if you are being searched. Having your blog searched for at search engines means that you are gaining traffic! Thanks for the post

  4. Dave says:

    Congrats I hope my name is searched often too
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  5. Allie says:

    Shalu,

    Interesting. And funny. Isn’t it fun to fin out when people are searching for your name? One of the biggest ways people get to my blog from Google is typing “AllieRambles”. They remember my name but not my site, I suppose. It is not my real name, well Allie is, but rambles is just a play on Ramblings from my blog.

    ~Allie

  6. wow Interesting post Shalu. i really didnt give a thought for it though i search a lot of keywords for my posts. Quite interesting post thank you for sharing this. have a great day . Cheers :)
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  7. Andrew says:

    Congrads to you it must such an awesome feeling.
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  8. Adrienne says:

    I get Googled quite a bit Shalu and I love it.

    I have a couple other things you can use for knowing if you’ve been Googled.

    Check your Google Analytics stats and you’ll be able to see the keywords people are using to search for your blog and/or you can put the coding on your blog from Tynt and that will also show the keywords people are using to locate you.

    To me when someone is checking out my name, that’s a very good thing. The more visitors the better your blog will rise in popularity.

    Congrats on that.

    ~Adrienne
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  9. Congrats Shallu that’s great your domain really helped you to become famous and Popular among Google.
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  10. Sounds pretty interesting. I never thought about this now I am being quite curious if I am also being Googled.I am glad that you posted this. I’ll try this.

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